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Rebels, not the Syrian army, fired last week’s chemical weapon - experts

Rebels, not the Syrian army, fired last week’s chemical weapon - experts

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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
Western intelligence services, analyzing the few facts known about the use of a chemical weapon near Aleppo in north Syria last week, have concluded that it was one of the rebel militias, rather than Assad government forces, which fired the chemical artillery round.
Western intelligence services, analyzing the few facts known about the use of a chemical weapon near Aleppo in north Syria last week, have concluded that it was one of the rebel militias, rather than Assad government forces, which fired the chemical artillery round.

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Chemical weapons
Rebels, not the Syrian army, fired last week’s chemical weapon: experts
Published 25 March 2013
 Western intelligence services, analyzing the few facts knownabout the use of a chemical weapon near Aleppo in north Syrialast week, have concluded that it was one of the rebel militias,rather than Assad government forces, which fired a “home-made” chlorine-based chemical artillery round. If the conclusionof the intelligence services is correct, it raises disturbingquestions about both the capabilities of at least some rebelmilitias – and about their readiness to use non-conventional weapons.
PHOTO - Syrian medical personel treatchemical weapons victims // Source:giaoduc.net.vn
 Western intelligence services,analyzing the few facts knownabout the use of a chemical weapon near Aleppo in northSyria last week, haveconcluded that it was one of the rebel militias, rather than Assad government forces, which fired the chemicalartillery 
 
round.Twenty-six people were killed by the chemical explosions, and nearly ahundred people were injured and require
 
hospitalization.There are four facts which have led chemical weapons experts tothis
 
conclusion:Most, if not all, of those killed were Syrian
 
soldiersThe target attacked was a Syrian army’s check 
 
point
 
The Syrian government, not the rebels, was first to call for aninternational inquiry into the
 
incidentEarly medical reports indicate that at least some of those killed andinjured were the victims of chlorine gas. This chemical was used inthe First World War (among the victims of a chlorine gas attack was Adolf Hitler, then a sergeant in the German army. He lost his sight fora few weeks but then recovered). Today’s chemical munitions usemore advanced gasses, such as mustard,
 VX
, and other nerve gasses.There were no victims who exhibited the symptoms of having beenattacked by these more current chemical
 weapons.Building a chlorine chemical weapon requires no more than a rudimentary knowledge of chemistry, and access to chlorine and salt solution, bothcommercially 
 
available.The more demanding task is placing the chemicals in a shell and sealing itso it does not leak and injure those handling the
 
munitions.If the conclusion of the intelligence services is correct, it raises disturbingquestions about both the capabilities of at least some rebel militias – andabout their readiness to use non-conventional
 
 weapons.The issue is even more pressing in light of the regime’s steady loss of control over Syria, and the likelihood, which is growing by the day, that therebels might come into possession of at least some of Syria’s moresophisticated chemical
 
 weapons.Syria has the world’s largest arsenal of chemical weapons, and the world’slargest active chemical weapons production
 
infrastructure.Source:http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130325-rebels-not-the-syrian-army-fired-last-week-s-chemical-weapon-experts ++++++Pine Bluff Chemical Activity (PBCA)Pine Bluff, ArkansasPine Bluff Arsenal located in Southeast Arkansas, is 35 miles Southeast of Little Rock and 8 miles Northwest of the City of Pine Bluff. PBA is borderedon the East by the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and
 
on the West by the Union Pacific Railroad and U.S. Highway 65, making itdirectly accessible by rail, road, or waterway. The City of Pine Bluff boastson of the busiest ports on the Arkansas River and serves as a transportationhub for the regional railroads. PBA is located 35 miles south of the LittleRock National Airport, and 40 miles from Little Rock Air Force Base.PBA is 8 1/2 miles long by 2 3/4 miles wide and covers 14,944 acres. Itincludes 952 buildings which provide 3.3 million square feet of floor space,including storage bunkers. It also has 42 miles of railroad track and 2million square yards of roads and paved surfaces. Overall employment as of the end of FY96 included 886 Arsenal civilian employees, 128 civiliansemployed by tenant activities, and a total of 59 military personnel. Payrollfor FY96 was $44,334,685.The facility was established in November 1941 as the Chemical Warfare Arsenal; it was renamed Pine Bluff Arsenal 4 months later. Its originalmission was as a manufacturing center for magnesium and thermitemunitions. The arsenal produced its first incendiary grenade on 31 July 1942. During World War II and the years following, the arsenal' smanufacturing capabilities continued to expand to manufacture, load andstore war gases; and to fill smoke and white phosphorus munitions. Theexpansion included facilities to manufacture and store various types of chemical-filled weapons. Arsenal-produced conventional munitions wereused in the Korean and Vietnam wars. During the war years, the arsenalproduced millions of grenades, bombs, and shells as well as millions of pounds of mustard and Lewisite. While the arsenal manufactured theseagents during World War II and remains a storage site for a portion of theUS chemical defense stockpile, it has never produced a lethal nerve agent. A biological weapons mission was added in 1953 and continued until 1969.Pine Bluff was the site of the Production Development Laboratories,responsible for manufacturing and loading biological munitions. PresidentNixon banned biological weapons in 1969 and manufacturing ceased. The bioweapons production facility at Pine Bluff was abandoned and partly dismantled in 1969. In 1972, this part of the complex was renamed theNational Center for Toxicological Research, removed from the jurisdictionof the Arsenal and placed under the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.Currently, it manufactures chemical, smoke, riot control, incendiary, andpyrotechnic mixes and munitions. Limited production facilities also are

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